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Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System

Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System
Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System


Product Added : February 9th, 2013
Category : Home Theater Systems

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Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System


Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System

The YHT-S401 consists of a soundbar and receiver/subwoofer, which you can position conveniently near the TV. The soundbar has three speakers including a center speaker for clear dialogue from movies and TV programs. Yamaha’s rich, natural sound and expansive surround fields will greatly enhance the enjoyment of all your media sources. The YHT-S401 consists of a soundbar and receiver/subwoofer, which you can position conveniently near the TV. The soundbar has three speakers including a center speaker for clear dialogue from movies and TV programs. Yamaha’s rich, natural sound and expansive surround fields will greatly enhance the enjoyment of all your media sources.OverviewFront Surround System with center speaker provides clear dialogue and an expansive sound field2-1/8″ full range speakers deliver crisp, richlyOval center speaker ensures natural sound reproductionAIR SURROUND XTREME provides powerful 7.1-channel surround soundFully compatible with HD audio formatsUSB digital connectio

  • Front Surround System with center speaker provides clear dialogue and an expansive sound field for greater TV enjoyment.
  • Oval center speaker ensures natural sound reproduction with low listening fatigue
  • Powerful subwoofer outputs robust bass with a sharp kick
  • AIR SURROUND XTREME provides powerful 7.1-channel surround sound with six surround modes to match the listening genre and content
  • USB digital connection for iPod/iPhone

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  1. 28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic, August 7, 2012
    By 
    Casey Friday (Texas) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System (Electronics)

    You will be hard-pressed to find another solution for big sound in a small package that sounds as good as this Yamaha does.

    Here’s my story. I started with the Bose Cinemate. The TV wasn’t pushing enough sound through its speakers, and we couldn’t tell what anyone was saying. Rather than doing lots of research, we opted for an immediate solution. We went to Target and grabbed a Bose CineMate unit. It only had analog inputs, but it would amplify the TV’s sound, so that’s all that matters.

    2 years later, we’re tired of the bad mistake we made buying the Bose. It’s louder, but we still can’t hear the dialogue very well on TV shows, movies, you name it. So I found a great deal on the Yamaha YAS-101BL sound bar. It sounded unbelievable compared to the Bose, and at half the cost! I’m a huge Yamaha fan, as I already have a Yamaha horn, guitar, and some day motorcycle. So the Yamaha brand was a no-brainer.

    Roku Troubles

    HOWEVER! The one area that the YAS-101 wasn’t able to keep up was with Roku content. We have a Roku 2 XS for Plex, Netflix, etc, and it’s connected to the TV via HDMI. There is no optical out on the Roku box, so we couldn’t wire it directly into the Yamaha YAS-101. The TV might have passed the Dolby Digital+ signal directly to the YAS-101, but the sound bar wasn’t able to decode the signal. No sound from Roku = no dice.

    Enter YHT-S401

    I figured, since we need HDMI switching (Panasonic Blu-ray Player and Roku 2), we might as well get a soundbar that can actually decode Dolby Digital+ AND switch HDMI. I’m a stickler for details, so I want the full digital signal (TrueHD, etc) going to the receiver for decoding. So we sold the YAS-101 and bought the YHT-S401. Wow.

    The YAS-101 has unbelievable clear sound as it is. I listen to music on a pair of Sennheiser HD-595 headphones through a home-made O2 amp regularly, so I know what great sonic quality sounds like. The YHT-S401 is at least two times better than the YAS-101. The depth of sound is so rich and realistic that it really makes movie night all about the experience again!

    The built-in subwoofer provides the perfect amount of bass. It’s not so much that you can’t hear the dialogue, and it’s not so little that you wonder why it’s even there. It’s just the perfect amount of bass to balance out the rich highs and mids coming from the three-channel speaker bar. You can adjust the subwoofer level from -6 to +6. I just leave it at +1, and it sounds fantastic.

    The YHT-S401 hasn’t had any trouble decoding Dolby Digital+, DD, DTS, or DTS-HD. Those are the only formats I’ve thrown at it, but it can decode a whole handful more. It’s nice that the receiver will show you what format it’s decoding at all times. This system plays audio from the Roku with no problems, so I’m a happy camper!

    Overall Sound Impressions

    The sound that this system is able to produce is really impressive. A lot of people say that it’s ‘not great’ compared to a 5.1 system. I’m not a fan of surround seups (I prefer 2.1 – or soundbars), so I can’t comment on that, nor do I want to.

    I turned on the opening scene from Fast Five (1080p, DTS HD) and a friend walked in the room from outside. His response was, “That sounded amazing from outside, and I’m not even in the room!” The sound reproduction is really, REALLY realistic from the YHT-S401. Movie soundtracks sound full and rich, and dialogue sounds extremely clear – even without ‘Clear Voice’ activated.

    By the way, the ‘Clear Voice’ feature is not just a gimmick – it will enhance the frequencies near human speech, and it doesn’t muck up the rest of the sound. I’m sure it was simple for the engineers to implement, but it works wonders in real world applications.

    Virtual Surround

    The way we have it set up, the TV/soundbar are in the corner of a tiled room; so the virtual surround doesn’t function very well. I’m fine with that, however, as the sound is so rich nonetheless. There are a few times – when I’ve been sitting directly in front of the unit – that I’ve noticed some surround effects, but I like this system more for its overall sound quality, not the surround attempts.

    Another nice thing about it is that it comes with connections for all 5 speaker terminals, so if you want to add 2 surround speakers in the future, it’s as easy as plugging in more speaker wire. If you want to use…

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  2. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Clear Voice Feature is a Life-Saver!, May 12, 2012
    By 
    Meg (Los Angeles, CA) –
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    This review is from: Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System (Electronics)

    I had previously tried the Yamaha S400BL sound bar to go with my new Bravia HX929 television. (Because it is for a bedroom, I don’t have the room or funds to deal with a true surround sound setup.) Although it was significantly cheaper, I found that I had a near-impossible time understanding television dialogue with the 400BL no matter how many settings I tweaked. Now, part of this could be the size of the room or the necessary placement of the equipment, but either way, it was a deal-breaker.

    When I saw that the newer model was going to have the clear voice option, I thought I would exchange the old and give it a try. What a great swap! The sound is balanced and the dialogue pops. I can play with all the different surround modes and bass/treble levels and STILL understand the dialogue. Sound quality on movies, games, and even music is exceptional given the small foot-print of this sound bar. I also love that the integrated subwoofer/receiver can be vertically mounted to save space.

    So, if you’re looking for a sound solution for a bedroom/small lounge, this is a great option. Especially recommended for those who have trouble understanding dialogue from rear-projecting tv speakers or more compressed sound bars.

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  3. 28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth every penny!!!, December 14, 2011
    By 
    Osvaldo Nodarse “Ozzie” (Miami, FL United States) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Yamaha YHT-S401BL Front Surround Home Theater System (Electronics)

    After searching and reading all kind of reviews for about 2 weeks, I got confused and frustated in get a decent soundbar for my bedroom. I am a fan of the good quality sound and video. I didn’t want to open holes in the walls to run the satelite speakers wires because my wife will kill me,so I decide to look for a good hardwire ( no wireless subwoofer) soundbar with a decent review. I was opening to any brands. I already have a powerfull and excellent YHT492UBL system in the living room connected to a 3D Blu-ray and a 55″ LED 3D TV and HD channels from my provider, so I know about quality. Because this unit ( YHT 401BL) is new in the market and almost none review I was so scare, but I took the risk. Oh my lord!!! it’s unbelivable the sounds. The projection of the expandable surround sound is very clear and realisty. The subwoofer is part of the receiver ( I was scare about this too), it’s giving the perfect balance, clear of the BOOM sounds without distortions. I coonected it to a 42″ LED 3D samgsum TV 7000 series and I feel so happy about it that here I am, writting a review. If you close your eyes like I did and get inside the room with the system on , you may think that you are listening the most expensive surround system in the market. I know is no cheap, but worth every penny. Buy it, you won’t regrete it.

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